GarrettB (919) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2012 Milk has fit into so many food pairings and beverage matches that it hardly needs another place to be used. It is one of the most popular and ardently used animal products in history, reincarnated in dozens of forms for the common and obscure tasks of the kitchen alike. It is the only spouse for the Oreo, and it has been my favorite alternative beverage since I abstained from drinking sodas. But it is everywhere Ė especially in the places I least expect to find it. Including beer. I vaguely recall having a milk stout before and was more fascinated with the whole idea of a milky beer than I was with the beer at hand. A little research has elucidated the story a bit: its milk SUGARS, not the actual mammarian essence of bovine we love to chug that sweetens the milk stout. As for Left Handís version of this very strange stout: if my first milk stout didnít leave much of an impression, this one sure did. Iíve been putting Left Hand down a lot lately and itís my own frailty and vulnerability thatís to blame. Theyíre labeling looks like a cheap magazine ad. But this stout shines through to make for a very basic but excellent drinking experience. Itís a dark beer, akin to the dark spots on our iconic American cows, with an atypical brown-rose colored head that fades away too fast for admiration. The smell is much more pleasant than most stouts, combining chocolate, sweet sour cream, bitter roasted coffee, suburban sod, wildflower honey and some espresso cream altogether. I dearly wish to say I could pinpoint the ďmilkinessĒ with my trained proboscis, but that would be a twisting of the facts. I didnít, and I suspect it was because itís not there. Then again, Iíve never had a sensitive olfactory to begin with. The taste starts with a low key, sweet coffee flavor married with dark chocolate. This blend is carefully balanced and really waltzes across the palate. It is a soothing, dark and sweet beer, yet masculine without having to go suicidal in a blood frenzy of malts like so many breweries are doing today. The aftertaste is a little brief, but it echoes that same elementary combo of chocolate and coffee that makes for a simply splendid drink. If youíre exhausted with all the bottled malts bombs, give this obscure if poorly labeled drink a try and you too will wax poetic on the many uses of milk, especially in beer.
April 13th, 2011 revised tasting notes - Very dark in color. Aroma carries juniper berries (lovely!), malts, and chocolate milk. The palate is PERFECT for the flavor: soft and velvety. Mild flavor of chocolate malts, light and sweet and never astringent or bitter, and perfect as a dessert beer, with chocolate overtones (though not overly chocolatey.)
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: Strong roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and tobacco. A hint of cocoa and a touch of pine, as well. Appearance: Black with a full and creamy medium tan head. Head had good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Smooth roasted malt flavor, again with notes of coffee and smoke. Sweetness of the brew comes out more as it warms. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight astringency in the finish. Overall: A good, and highly drinkable milk stout. Milk sugar really rounds out the flavor and makes it smooth. Good stuff.
joergen (19656) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival.
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Roasted flavour of coffee and chocolate.
Roasted finish of coffee.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice stout brewed by Left Hand. This stout definitely has coffee character in both flavor and on the nose. Perhaps some dark bakers chocolate in there too. Lactose is present but not as present as I initially would have thought (considering itís called milk stout). Pours nice and dark, almost back. Decent head that fizzes away. A worthy purchase!
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown nearly black pour thick tan well laced head. Coffee 1st aroma nice roasty malts hints of lactose. Nice palate well coated. Flavor of coffee lactose, roast malts, hints of choocolate. My favorite sweet stout to date.
Bassbydan (22) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice, creamy black stout. Like drinking chocolat milk, or a chocolate coffee. It would be great with a dark desert. Nice head when poured, Would be good with a heavy, maduro cigar.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep and dark with a nose dominated by roasted barley, this is quite a drinkable brew. However, for a milk stout, this beer has too much roasted barley in the finish, giving it a bit of an earthy, burnt after taste. Still, quite credible, but give me a Duckrabbit milk stout any day.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee flavors and bitter-sweet chocolate.
Roasty coffee flavors lightly sweet. The sweetness and lactose reveals itself slowly as it warms. Gets creamier and a lingering roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Tasty stuff. I love cream/milk stouts and this one delivers what Iím looking for, a nice roasty/creamy balance.
yemntftb (106) - USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very rich beer, with chocolate notes. Very well balanced and easy to drink at anytime.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, with a thing cream head. Rich chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel, tasting some coffee, chocolate, and some sort of fruit. Well balanced and quite delectable.